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Eliza Newlin Carney


Carney is a senior writer covering politics, campaign financing and lobbying for CQ News. She writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly and CQ News. She also writes a political money column for CQ Weekly.

Carney previously worked at National Journal, first as a staff writer and then as a contributing editor. She was an election law columnist for NationalJournal.com and NationalJournalDaily.

Before joining National Journal in 1991, Carney covered Capitol Hill for States News Service, where her subscribing newspapers included the New York Times and the Evening Sun of Baltimore. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter in the Philadelphia area.

Carney has offered commentary on C-SPAN, CNN, National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour, among others. She also has taught journalism at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and has written a chapter in a book, Abortion Politics in American States.

Eliza no longer works for CQ Roll Call.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

Total Cost of Election Will Exceed $6 Billion, Group Predicts

Oct. 31, 2012

The total cost of the 2012 elections will exceed $6 billion, according to new projections released today by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Rules of the Game: Lessons Learned From First Post-Citizens United Presidential Race

Oct. 31, 2012

With its unrestricted super PACs, wealthy mega-donors, secret money and more than $6 billion projected price tag, this election cycle boasts more unfettered campaign spending than any in recent memory.

Democratic Super PACs Continue to Raise Money at a Rapid Clip

Oct. 26, 2012

The top Democrat-friendly super PACs continue to accelerate their fundraising, according to recently filed Federal Election Commission reports, but they remain far behind their GOP counterparts in overall receipts.

Rules of the Game: Workplace Intimidation Becomes Murky in Post-Citizens United Era

Oct. 24, 2012

The specter of voter intimidation in all its guises, from sensational billboards to aggressive poll watchers to threats from employers, hangs over the 2012 elections.

Rules of the Game: Conservative Nonprofits Test Labor Unions

Oct. 22, 2012

Labor unions long legendary for their powerful get-out-the-vote machines face an unprecedented test this year, as unfettered conservative groups spend record sums on campaign ads and newly minted ground operations.

Interest Groups Inundate Northeast Ohio Race

Oct. 17, 2012

Few House races better capture the way outside interest groups have taken over campaigns than the Member-vs.-Member face-off between Republican Jim Renacci and Democrat Betty Sutton in Ohio’s 16th district.

Unions Unleash Ads in New Hampshire, Wisconsin

Oct. 16, 2012

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union have launched ad campaigns totaling almost $2 million in two tight statewide races in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

Groups Work to Turn Out Youth Vote for GOP

Oct. 14, 2012

A nascent conservative campaign to turn out young voters is gaining steam in the homestretch to Election Day as Republicans capitalize on what some argue is a key opening for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

EMILY's List: Women Remain Key

Oct. 10, 2012

Amid polls showing that women may be drifting away from President Barack Obama, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock told reporters that women will still help Democrats prevail on Election Day, particularly in key Senate races.

Members’ PACs Test Unregulated Spending

Oct. 5, 2012

In this cycle’s costliest and most competitive House and Senate races, Members of Congress are deploying a little-noticed but influential weapon: their personal political action committees, typically known as leadership PACs.

Rules of the Game: Shining a Light on Political 'Dark Money'

Oct. 1, 2012

As secret political spending escalates in the final weeks before Election Day, it's not too early to ask: What can be done to bring "dark money" out from the shadows?

Super PAC Assails Super PACs, Big Money

Sept. 27, 2012

In the latest example of do-gooders using big money to fight big money, a super PAC is advising candidates how to rebuff super PAC attacks and how to score political points by assailing unrestricted campaign spending.

K Street Files: Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Puts Stamp on Campaign Finance

Sept. 26, 2012

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen wants to clean up government, but he has fielded a lot of questions lately over whether he might be breaking the law in the process.

Conservative Veterans of Voting Wars Cite Ballot Integrity to Justify Fight

Sept. 25, 2012

Call them the voter fraud brain trust. A cadre of influential Washington, D.C., election lawyers has mobilized a sophisticated anti-fraud campaign built around lawsuits, white papers, Congressional testimony, speeches and even best-selling books.

SEIU Official Strives to Boost Latino Turnout

Sept. 21, 2012

Most politicians and party leaders fighting to win over Latino voters have probably never heard of labor organizer Eliseo Medina, but they should have.

Appeals Court Rejects Bid to Demand Full Campaign Finance Disclosure

Sept. 18, 2012

In a blow to advocates of campaign finance disclosure, a federal appeals court today threw out a lower court's finding that the Federal Election Commission's public reporting rules are at odds with campaign finance law.

Rahm Emanuel to Raise Big Money for Super PACs

Sept. 5, 2012

When it comes to political money, President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are delivering the same message from their respective conventions: Do as I say, not as I do.

Reform Advocates Take to Subways to Force SEC Disclosure Rule

Sept. 5, 2012

Activists opposed to secret money in politics have stepped up a pressure campaign aimed at the Securities and Exchange Commission, targeting two major Washington, D.C., Metro stops with billboards and street demonstrators urging the SEC to adopt a new corporate disclosure rule.

'People Power' May Lead To Low-Wattage Event

Sept. 3, 2012

In setting out to pay for a $37 million "people's convention" with low-dollar citizen donations instead of big corporate checks, Democrats have either embarked on a fool's errand, a bold experiment or both.

FEC Spells Out Disclosure Rules

July 27, 2012

The Federal Election Commission today issued a statement outlining how it plans to comply with a federal court ruling that ordered the commission to tighten up its disclosure rules.

Behind the Scenes, Norm Coleman Raises Cash

July 23, 2012

Just like the influential conservative nonprofit that he runs, American Action Network Chairman Norm Coleman likes to fly below the political radar.

IRS May Strengthen Oversight of Politically Active Nonprofits

July 23, 2012

In a potentially significant move hailed by reform advocates, the IRS has signaled that it will consider changing its regulations for politically active tax-exempt groups.

DISCLOSE Act Advocates Vow to Press On After Senate Defeat

July 18, 2012

The DISCLOSE Act is dead, but the bill’s Senate champions said today they will continue to push for campaign disclosure via regulatory channels and to work to overcome uniform GOP opposition.

Best and Worst of Times at EMILY's List

July 16, 2012

For the Democratic women’s political action committee EMILY’s List, 2012 looks at first glance like a banner year: Money is pouring in, the group is backing a bumper crop of female candidates, and Republicans have helped thrust women’s issues front and center.

Aetna Shareholders Question Company Payments to Advocacy Groups

July 13, 2012

A group of Aetna investors has written the insurance company’s CEO to allege that Aetna violated its own political disclosure policy when it gave $7.8 million to the nonprofit American Action Network and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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